Drawing is a relaxing, creative and exciting hobby. Whether you enjoy drawing magma, landscapes, people or still life, you can now freely express yourself and digitise your art with the help of ground-breaking drawing software and apps.

With a range of exciting features, you can use tools like brushes, paints and pens to create your drawings online and most of these apps will allow you to save these drawings in a vector format, allowing you to import them into different software platforms, like the ones you would use to create an animation.

Here are some of the best drawing software and apps to take your drawings into the digital world.

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Drawing with Apps & Software

A lot of beginner artists are a bit hesitant when it comes to learning to draw or paint with apps and software. Most famous artists mastered their skills in a studio with real art materials and tools, but the world has changed significantly, and a lot of modern artists use a combination of classical art materials and software to create new forms of art.

Graphic drawing allows you to sketch, paint, design and edit your image, without the worry of making mistakes.

As a new artist we recommend that you do however discover how to work with ordinary artist paints, pens, pencils, oils, acrylics and brushes. This will make you a better artist overall, even if you plan to only end up using the digital path to creation. Once you’ve established the base techniques and skills of drawing and painting, you can start to play around a bit more how you break those rules, something that most ground-breaking artists manage to do after years of exploring and discovering arts.

Knowing the fundamentals of painting and drawing will also help you establish which key features you need when you select a digital app or software for your drawing. Every platform has different features and costs associated with it and you can try out a free trial version or some of the basic beginner software options that are available for free download.

Read this article if you want to know how to learn to draw for free. We also did another article on free resources you can use on your drawing journey.

If you plan to become a professional animator, your needs and graphic tool requirements will be quite different from someone who draws for fun. You will probably make use of a tablet or use a stylus and drawing pad before importing the finished sketches into the design, animation or 3D software.

Professional graphic artist software comes with a price tag, so be sure you check student user policies and make use of trial options.

The last important note is, the more you play and the more you practise, the better you will get. Keep on trying and have the discipline to return to your phone, tablet or computer to practise a few times a week – it should after all be something that you enjoy.

How can you find inspiration for drawings?
Using a real sketchbook, brushes and paint will create a strong foundation before you work on creating vector art on your device. (Source: Pexels)

 WeDraw: Step-by-Step Character Creation

This android app is perfect for anyone who has a passion for character creation. If you want to learn how to draw famous anime characters or those from computer games, we recommend WeDraw.

What makes this app ideal for beginners is the way in which it breaks down the drawing of characters like Sonic or Naruto in almost 20 steps, making it easier for beginners to learn.

It is also not an app that is only for beginners and once you’ve mastered the basic features and tools you can start to draw more complex images. Whether you want to learn how to master proportions, play with colours or simply how to sketch better, this app is a must have for those who want to enter computers or animation.

What to Draw? Creative Inspiration for Your Drawing

It can sometimes take hours to try and find something to draw. The What to Draw? App will help you by providing inspiration and helping you discover different styles of drawing.

With 12 different topics, artists can use templates and reproduce artworks in their own style. With categories like fantasy, western, space or medieval you can rest assured that you will never get bored of this app.  Available on Android, What to Draw? Is your daily dose of inspiration if you just want to jump in, draw and have fun.

How to Draw: Learning to Draw Everyday Things

How to Draw is one of the most popular drawing apps. Like the previous apps, it was created with beginners in mind and takes you through a step-by-step process in drawing a range of elements.

One of the major benefits to this app is the number of different things you can draw. With a range of everyday things like animals, cars, flowers and planes, you can follow steps until you have created a final drawing. You can also draw fictional characters, and this is a great app if you want to practise the fundamental aspects of drawing digitally.

This app is ideal for beginners, and it allows you to copy images easily, learn quickly and explore different styles to your heart’s content.

Which are the best drawing apps?
Photoshop offers countless options for editing images. (Source: fancycrave1)

If you ever plan to go pro with your drawing become a graphic painter, or have ambitions to become an animator, you will need to become acquainted with drawing software. This allow artists to create digital graphics by hand with the help of a stylus, tablet, ipad, smartphone or / and digital drawing pad before importing their vector graphics into other programs for animation, enhancement or editing. Most of the professional software comes at a price, but you'll be able to find almost every tool imaginable on them. The mobile versions tend to be lighter, and most professionals use it to plan bigger projects and sketch while they are on the bus etc.

Adobe Illustrator Draw

Adobe Suite, or creative cloud, is used by most production houses and agencies. It is one of the most used group of software applications in the creative industries and their aim is to make the import and export process easier from one app to the next.

Photoshop and illustrator draw go together like a brush and paint.

Adobe draw is one of those versatile apps that will allow you to draw and with the help of other adobe apps like photoshop, premiere pro and illustrator you can also design and add creative graphics or even import them into Adobe Animate to make your own animated films.

One benefit to Adobe is the fact that it comes in Android and iOS, and most designers had the adobe suite on their Mac computers.

Procreate

This graphics editor app was developed specifically to enable drawing on the iPad. It has everything you need, and the tools allow you to create illustrations, animations, paintings and drawings.

The tools are intuitive and with over 200 handcrafted brushes you can use the charcoal tool, different inks or pencils to customise your procreate drawings to perfection.

Autodesk Sketchbook

Although it feels like you are drawing on paper, Sketchbook is one of the digital apps that allow you to create anywhere and to the level of detail you’d like to without the hassles and costs of art materials. With its wide range of brushes, colours, and stroke tools you’ll have all the tools in your pocket to create with your desktop, mobile or tablet.

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Technology allows us to take our art studios online, and there are many website or app solutions available. (Source: TeeFarm)

Other

There have been massive advancements around anime and 3D image development. Whether you plan to use your art for design, animation or just for fun, with the range of software and app options out there you'll be able to explore to find the one best suited to your creative ambitions.

Here are some other digital drawing software options that we feel deserve some honourable mention:

  • Paintstorm Studio
  • Coreldraw
  • DrawPlus
  • Affinity Designer
  • Clip Studio Paint
  • MediBang Paint Pro
  • Krita
  • Inkscape

Be sure you pick software that suits the programs your computer runs on (Windows or Mac). Generally graphic designers work on Mac and most of these are more suited to iOS, but there are certainly plenty of options for windows and PC users. Check on the website of each app be sure you try out a free trial before you pay for software as some of them might be limited in their features.

Are you ready to doodle and create on the move? We’ve also compiled a list of some of the best drawing websites here.

Can you learn to draw with apps?
Learn how to draw on your phone or tablet: download, sketch and design on the move. (Source: JESHOOTS-com)

Calling on a Tutor’s Assistance

Those who are digitally savvy might find it easier to learn how to draw digitally, but for some it can be tricky due to the complexity of the software programs. As an artist you also have to grasp some of the fundamentals in proportions, composition and form and having someone to assist you can make this process a lot easier and enjoyable.

We have a range of drawing and art tutors on Superprof that can provide you with the support, guidance and tutoring you need to master your drawing. Be sure they are experienced in the software programme you are considering and remember that they can help you master art before you even set-out to go digital.

Let the artist in you awake and hopefully with the help of these drawing apps and software you can share your creativity and talent with the world.

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Mauritz

Writer and qualified yoga instructor, who is passionate about health and well-being.